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Michael Bialas
After spending more than 25 years in the newspaper business (most recently at the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News in Denver), Michael Bialas is currently taking an online approach to his work. A writer, editor, amateur photographer and former college football player, he primarily has covered sports throughout his career. Among the games he enjoys playing now, though, are reviewing and writing about music, movies, TV and other activities that sometimes don't require a ball.

Entries by Michael Bialas

Kid and Playful: Jessie Baylin Steps Out of Her Dark Shadow

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 2:02 PM

It was around this time three years ago when serious-minded singer-songwriter Jessie Baylin turned prankster, playing the trick of a lifetime on her mother.

"Mom, I just want to tell you, I'm not pregnant," Baylin said matter-of-factly.

"Oh, that's OK," Dori Baldassarre responded, figuring she would become a...

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Video Premiere: 'Home' Away From Home for Caravan of Thieves

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 9:14 AM

The life of a touring musician isn't often as glamorous as it might seem, so seeing it through the lens of a zany quartet known as Caravan of Thieves is a real eye-opener.

This group of part-vaudevillian, part-gypsy, part-musical shape-shifting madness is releasing its third studio album today...

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Beauty and the Best: Catching Up With the Wailin' Jennys

(4) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 12:39 PM

The Wailin' Jennys could've been the Kardashians of Canada. If only ...

• They were three sisters, which they are, but just in the figurative, quote-unquote sense. (Besides that, one of them was born in Maine.)

• They fought like cats and dogs, which they apparently don't, judging by...

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Making All the Write Moves, Liz Longley Arrives With Revealing Album, Interview

(5) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 11:13 AM

Ask musicians to honestly talk about their work, and they'll likely admit that talent only takes you so far.

Liz Longley can attest to that. After more than 11 years of carrying around ambitions heavier than an overstuffed piece of excess baggage, it took a double date with...

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Video Premiere: Take a Trip Across the 'Great Divide' With Humming House

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 2:47 AM

Two impressions of Humming House immediately come to mind after taking one look at their "Great Divide" video, which premieres today (March 10) at The Huffington Post.

The Nashville-based folk-rock-roots band founded and fronted by Justin Wade Tam not only digs the open road but absolutely loves to...

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All Aboard: This Roller Coaster Gets Down to Believing in Allison Moorer

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 3:05 PM

For someone on the verge of unleashing a vast reservoir of wrath for public consumption, singer-songwriter Allison Moorer sounded downright chipper, much like Rayna James on the night last year when the fictitious country music star of Nashville swept the imaginary version of the CMA Awards.


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Video Premiere: Pieta Brown Presents 'Flowers of Love' for Valentine's Day

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 10:46 AM

Pieta Brown must have a green thumb. Only the verdant garden of earthly delights she cultivates includes a colorful collection of words, phrases and notes that magically sprout into beautiful songs, slowly climbing like a clinging vine until they wrap around your heart and refuse to let go.

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Video Premiere: As Sisters and Brothers, the Vespers Keep the Faith

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 3:02 AM

What happens when an uncompromising band built primarily on a couple of angelic voices, the stubborn quest for perfection and the blind ambition of youth suddenly grows up and decides to switch gears while trying to firmly hold onto its family values?

With the ability to change yet stay...

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With or Without Jefferson Airplane, Jorma Kaukonen Keeps Flying

(17) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 3:02 PM

Jorma Kaukonen was halfway through a 45-minute phone interview last week when the subject of a Jefferson Airplane reunion finally came up.

The former lead guitarist of the band that not only helped define the psychedelic '60s but also its brand of freewheeling rock is, at the...

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Fab Fourteeners of 2014: Peak Musical Performers of the Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 2:01 PM

Colorado is known for its fourteeners, the term for mountains that equal or exceed 14,000 feet in elevation. You can't really get any higher in the lower 48 states, especially after Colorado legalized the use of recreational marijuana and allowed stores to open for business on Jan. 1, 2014.

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Cream of the Dream Crop: One Last Chance to See Jack Bruce

(4) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 1:11 PM

Baby boomers are seeing way too many of their musical heroes listed in the obituaries these days, the most recent Joe Cocker on December 22.

The one this year that hit me the hardest, though, was the death of Jack Bruce, the incomparable bass player of 1960s British...

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On With the Show Tunes: A Refueled Fleetwood Mac Truck Delivers Again

(8) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 11:07 PM

Putting on a show to match the grandeur and longevity of Fleetwood Mac is a massive undertaking, but Stevie Nicks needed just a minute to personalize it for the crowd of mostly Coloradans in the sold-out Pepsi Center on Dec. 12, 2014.

"I have like a whole...

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Olivia Jean Flies Solo: Slay Belle Rings, Are You Listening?

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 12:56 PM

One of rock's freshest faces put an eerie title on her solo debut album that was released two weeks before Halloween. But after hearing her speak softly during a recent chat, Olivia Jean sounds nothing like the mistress of the macabre who's behind Bathtub Love Killings.

Maybe a...

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Misty Boyce Song Premiere: 'The Life' She's Chosen Is Worth Celebrating

(3) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 1:32 AM

If her upcoming album The Life was based on her life, Misty Boyce would have a box set's worth of true stories to share.

Even though it includes only 10 songs (all penned by Boyce), The Life, to be released in January, is an impressive body of work for...

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With the Power Pop of III, Jessica Campbell Can Count Her Blessings

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 1:54 PM

She's a sweet Carolina native with a voice as luscious and refreshing as a glass of iced tea on a sweltering summer day. But don't let that sunny disposition and alluring Southern accent fool you.

When Jessica Campbell gets down to music, she means business. And the rest...

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Leave It to Beaver Creek: Honeyhoney Likes the View From the Top

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 5:34 PM

If scrappy band mates Suzanne Santo and Ben Jaffe ever thought they took the wrong career path, a couple of little girls in pretty, colorful dresses likely set them straight on a fabulous fall evening in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Brought back with thunderous applause following a snappy 70-minute set,...

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Larkin Poe: How Megan and Rebecca Lovell Got Their Sister Act Together

(2) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 4:25 AM

Megan and Rebecca Lovell are all about family, so it was a stroke of genius (or marketing savvy) that led the stunning sisters to put the "kin" in Larkin Poe.

"We have an 11-year-old younger brother who is the package deal," Rebecca was saying during a joint phone call...

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Double-Daring Duo of Phantogram Likes to Play Rough

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 2:41 PM

After spending five glorious days at Nashville's AmericanaFest 2014 in September, the urge upon returning home was to expand some musical boundaries.

All it took was a Phantogram piggyback ride to cross the rhythm nation border.

For the first time since opening for the Antlers on April...

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Backstage Pass: Enjoy a Bit of Bradford Lee Folk Lore

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 3:42 PM

Bradford Lee Folk was on a quest to quench his thirst.

He needed a drink real bad, but it's not what one might think just another hard-working American musician not affiliated with Todd Snider's supergroup project would crave after a show.

"You don't have a glass of...

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Compassion Play: Lucinda Williams Is on the Double

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 2:51 PM

It shouldn't come as a huge surprise that the inspired daughter of a profound poet likes to write. Any time, anyplace. Words, thoughts, phrases will get scribbled down on notepads, Post-its or, if it's during a night out on the town, even cocktail napkins.

"We might be out at...

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